Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hip Hop Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore will be releasing her second book on Cambodia in August, courtesy of Green Lantern Press. Its title is Hip Hop Apsara: Ghosts Past and Present. The publicity for the book explains it thus: The city of Phnom Penh offers public dance lessons on a newly revitalized riverfront directly in front of prime minister Hun Sen’s urban home. Every night before dusk, much of the city gathers to bust a few Apsara moves and rehearse a few choreographed hip hop dances learned from a slew of attractive young men at the head of each group. Following on the heels of Cambodian Grrrrl: Self- Publishing in Phnom Penh, Anne Elizabeth Moore compiled photographs that document Phnom Penh’s bustling nightlife and thus form a portrait of a nation’s emerging middle class. A series of essays complement the imagery, investigating the relationship between public and private space, mourning and memory, tradition and economic development. For more about the author, click here.

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